Rockland Rd. will close for 20 months for bridge construction

Parts of Rockland Road Route 658 in Warren County will close for approximately 20 months starting Monday April 22.

This allows the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to begin construction on the new bridge over the Norfolk-Southern railway.

The project is expected to be complete and the bridge open by December 2025 according to VDOT.

During construction that begins on April 22 traffic will be diverted to Fairground Road to the north and Winchester Road to the west.

Rockland Park will remain open throughout the process.

Motorists need to be aware of crews putting up signs and flaggers before construction begins.

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News Maker Sheriff Cline on self defense and more

As we try to do at least once a month, we are checking in with Warren County Sheriff Crystal Cline in our latest news maker.

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Sheriff Cline reminds us that there is a Women’s Self Defense class coming up with registration and additional details found here.

She also tells us there are things we can do to protect our personal property especially in the vehicle.

Sheriff Cline also tells us that both office communications specialist and animal control officers are to be thanked and saluted the third week of April.

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Two former deputies included in new VSP homicide indictments

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Virginia State Police (VSP) confirm by email that they have obtained two new felony indictments against two former Warren County Deputies.

The two officers named in the indictments Tyler S. Poe and Zachary A. Fadely are no longer employed by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

The email confirms that on April 8 a Warren County Grand Jury handed up an indictment of homicide for each former deputy.

The pair were involved in the traffic stop involving Ralph Ennis on April 2, 2022.

During that traffic stop Ennis was knocked to the ground and hit his head.

Ennis passed away almost two weeks later in hospice care.

Court documents confirm that Fadely and Poe have a scheduled Warren County Circuit Court Criminal Division appearance May 31.

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Martinsburg Police investigate an exchange of gunfire

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Martinsburg Police report the investigation of a report of gunfire in the North Queen Street area April 10.

The incident took place in the 500 block of the street and was reported at approximately 2 p.m.

Evidence at the scene indicates that a gunfire exchange did take place at the sight with the parties involved apparently at a distance from one another.

At the latest report there is no indication that anyone was struck during the gunfight.

Investigators are actively gathering information and interviewing witnesses.

Martinsburg police are encouraging anyone with any information in the incident to come forward as the investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information call the Martinsburg Police Department at 304-264-2100.

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News Maker Todd Jones with a WCBS meeting recap

As we do every Thursday we check in with Warren County in our latest news maker.

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Todd Jones the County Director of Technology has a complete run down of the budget situation and recap of the April 9 special meeting of the Warren County Board of Supervisors (WCBS).

He tells us that one of the most important things about the budget is that it is not final yet.

Todd also tells us another important thing is that our voice can be and are heard with a verity of ways to let your thoughts be known.

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Jennifer McDonald sentencing is ongoing

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Jennifer McDonald’s sentencing is an ongoing procedure due to attorneys on both sides requesting additional time for last-minute filings.

McDonald’s lawyers asked for a hearing on evidence the government planned to present April 9 as opposed to sentencing.

An email from Public Affairs Specialist for the United States Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia Brian P. McGinn confirmed that Judge Elizabeth Dillion heard more witness testimony and reviewed additional evidence on April 9.

McGinn stated in the email that a second possible third part of the hearing to finish sentencing has yet to be scheduled but is forthcoming.

The former executive director of the Front Royal Warren County Economic Development Authority was found guilty by a jury of 34 federal charges on November 1.

McDonald was previously set for sentencing on February 12 but that was delayed largely due to health issues.

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FCSO apprehend a Warren County Fugitive after a chase

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) reports a high speed chase of a Warren County fugitive April 9. 

A FCSO Deputy attempted a traffic stop after spotting a vehicle traveling the wrong way on the Interstate 81 313 on ramp at Millwood Pike.

The vehicle refused to stop with the driver making several erratic maneuvers to avoid pursuit.

The driver pulled into Costco and struck two parked vehicles before reentering the road.

After several attempts to elude authorities, the driver ran a stop light at Crossover Boulevard and headed toward Papermill Road.

At Clydesdale Drive additional deputies deployed spike strips and punctured 3 of the 4 tires of the vehicle.

Even after the puncture the suspect crossed into the northbound lanes of Front Royal Pike and eventually off the pavement and on to private property near Armel Road.

Once off the road the driver fled on foot and into a group of junk cars on the private property.

The property was secured by law enforcement with the suspect coming out of the driveway and was taken into custody.

Matthew Gregory Grajeda of Front Royal faces several charges including Felony Eluding, hit and run, Reckless driving, and driving without a license in Frederick County.

Further investigation revealed that Grajeda is wanted out of Warren County for grand larceny as well.

The 28-year-old Grajeda has been transported to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center where he is being held without bond.

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NVRDGTF arrest Winchester man in Front Royal

The Northwestern Virginia Regional Drug and Gang Task Force (NVRDGTF) report the arrest of a Winchester resident in the first block of Crooked Run Plaza Front Royal April 5.

John E. Wilson Jr. was found to have 2 ounces of a Fentanyl Cocaine mixture in his possession along with a firearm at the time of his arrest.

The 29-year-old Wilson has been charged with 12 felony counts of distribution of a schedule I/II drug along with a felony count of manufacturing and sale of said drug.

Wilson is also facing a felony count of possession of a handgun while in possession of the drugs.

Wilson is currently held without bond at the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional jail.

Authorities from Virginia State Police, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and Front Royal Police Department all participated in the arrest.

This arrest was part of an ongoing investigation by the combined efforts of the NVRDGTF.

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News Makers Chuck and Rick on Eats for Scholarships

The 18th annual South Warren Ruritan’s Spaghetti Dinner is this Saturday at Skyline High School.

We spoke to Ruritan members Rick Logan and Chuck Brome about the event in our latest news maker.

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Chuck and Rick tells us that the funds raised from the event go toward scholarships that are available to students in Warren County.

Rick tells us the event is more than just good food but includes live entertainment and cakes.

The pair tell us that this is the event is dine in or carry out will be available from 4 to 7 Saturday April 13.

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Middletown addresses the recent indictments against former manager

In light of former Middletown Town Manager and Treasurer Rebecca Louise Layman being indicted on embezzlement chargers Mayor Charles Harbaugh IV released a statement.

In the emailed release Harbaugh shared his disappointment in Layman’s actions and assured Middletown that safeguards are now in place to protect the town’s interest.

Harbaugh confirmed that with the help of the Virginia State Police and Industry consultants’ new protocols and oversight measures are now in place to prevent similar actions.

Harbaugh both acknowledged and thanked the town staff for their dedication, particularly the contributions of interim Treasurer Rejoyce Lunceford, and Keith Smith for their accounting prowess.

Layman was indicted on 8 counts of embezzlement by a Frederick County Grand Jury on April 4.

Court documents confirm that Layman is scheduled to appear in Frederick County Circuit Court April 11.

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